Boys capture win over Entiat

Devyn Klinginsmith on the rebound with Jordan Davis (13), Ben Garnica (23) and Kyler Borden (33). (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

 

By David Heiling
Empire Press Correspondent

Johnny Mullen drives to the hoop against Entiat on Dec. 1. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

ENTIAT — The Waterville-Mansfield boys basketball team got off to a good start to the season Dec. 1 in Entiat, beating the host Tigers 44-34. The team used a balanced scoring attack and lockdown defense against 1B Entiat and earned an impressive win to start the 2017-18 campaign.

“It was good to get a win against a good Entiat team on the road to start the season,” Shockers coach Heath Jordan said.

Jordan implemented a few different defenses out of the gates, starting the game in a 2-3 zone before switching to a trap press and 1-3-1 zone defense in the second quarter. Jordan said the intention was to get the Tigers out of offensive rhythm, and it worked to the tune of 19 Entiat points in the first half.

Waterville-Mansfield led 25-19 at halftime, but Entiat was able to cut its deficit to three points entering the final frame. The Shockers used timely scoring and effective defense to seal the win, and allowed the Tigers just 15 points in the second half.

“I think mixing up our defensive looks on that side of the court confused them, and we did a good job playing team defense,” Jordan added.

The Shockers will lean on Johnny Mullen, Devyn Klinginsmith and Jacob Stibal offensively throughout the year, but Jordan said he liked what he saw in terms of team-oriented play out on the court.

“It takes a full team to get wins on the road like this, and that’s how we played tonight,” Jordan said.

Jordan said both teams were a little sloppy overall, and attributed that to early season jitters. Jordan said although the Shockers were the bigger team, they had trouble on the offensive and defensive glass. Rebounding will be a point of emphasis for Waterville-Mansfield going forward.

Highlights: Waterville-Mansfield — Johnny Mullen (16 points), Jacob Stibal (7 points), Devyn Klinginsmith (7 points). Entiat — Tai Tran (14 points), Ronnie Parks (7 points).